5th Annual Provident Financial Management Golf Classic Slated for June 18


On June 18 golf lovers will once again congregate at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., for the Robertson Taylor Presents the 5th Annual Provident Financial Management Golf Classic in Memory of Willie Robertson. The event will benefit the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program and Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.

The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program conducts leukemia and cancer research for infants, children and adolescents at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Funds raised enable the foundation to receive more support for its research and care, resulting in $20 in research grants for every dollar raised.

For the first time in the event's history, Robertson Taylor, one of the world's leading specialist insurance brokers, is joining Provident Financial Management as a presenting sponsor of the tournament. The firm's involvement comes in memory of its co-creator, Willie Robertson, who passed away from cancer in 2011. A portion of the funds generated by Robertson Taylor will go towards funding Nordoff Robbins and its work in music therapy. Robertson played a major role in the development of Nordoff Robbins UK and was a founding member of the charity's fundraising committee. Other event sponsors include Provident Financial Management, City National Bank, Century BMW, Midway Car Rental and Billboard.

One of the event's main enticements is access to Sherwood Country Club's private 7,052-yard, par-72 course designed by Jack Nicklaus. Each of the 18 holes affords views of the Santa Monica Mountains and lush landscaping with 1,800 mature oak trees, waterfalls, jasmine and rose bushes. The course also hosts the annual PGA Tour-sanctioned Chevron World Challenge Tournament.

Registration opens at 9:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast and putting contest, followed by golf at 11:00 a.m. On two of the holes, players have a shot at winning a new car donated by Century BMW by sinking a hole-in-one. A complimentary barbeque lunch is offered on the ninth hole, and the event concludes with an evening dinner, cocktail party and silent and live auctions in the clubhouse. Guests who are unable to attend the event can bid on auction items online, although in-person attendees will be offered special items and the option to "buy it now" with select lots.

Sherwood Country Club is located at 320 West Stafford Road, Thousand Oaks, Calif. For directions, club specifics and course information, call 805/496-3036 or visit www.sherwoodcc.com.

"We are pleased to once again support Bogart's pediatric cancer research with our annual golf classic event," says Bill Vuylsteke, Vice Chairman of the Bogart Board of Directors and Senior Managing Director of Provident Financial Management. "The event offers a great opportunity to enjoy a top-rated course, and every dollar raised on the fairways directly benefits the lives of those who need it most."

Individual tickets for the golf tournament start at $1,500 and sponsorship opportunities begin at $10,000 and are available by calling 323/308-0508 or emailing info@bogartfoundation.org.

About the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program

The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program's primary purpose is the financial support of the Bogart Labs at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Bogart is dedicated to continue its support for those programs and projects that are on the cutting-edge of "bench to bedside" research. Bogart funds the diagnosis, treatment, care and cure of leukemia, cancer and AIDS by funding on a research development grant basis. This funding enables the foundation to secure more substantial support from other funding sources.

Named in memory of Neil Bogart, the late record and film executive who died of lymphoma at the age of 39, the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program was founded in 1984. Looking to celebrate his life, friends, family and colleagues linked efforts with the beginnings of a pediatric program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager and Neil's widow, Joyce Bogart Trabulus, cited as an inspiration his love of children and his resolve that one person could make a difference. Today, Bogart, which supported one small laboratory, now supports several research programs whose impact is felt across the world.

The work that goes into the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program is a result of the unique combination of the leadership, talent and ideas of the researchers and clinicians; the research funding from Bogart; the facilities, staff and patients of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA); and the Children's Oncology Group (COG). For more information, visit www.bogartfoundation.org.


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